Oxford Study: Do Teenagers Whom Play Violent Video Games Go On To Lead More Violent Lives?

I don’t exactly consider myself a video game connoisseur, in fact I haven’t played a single one in maybe 8 years now? But in carrying out research for my previous article I accidentally stumbled down a small rabbit hole and found the following study from Oxford University dated February 2019. In it, researchers attempted to establish a correlation between violent video games played in youth to acts of violence, aggression and/or crime rates in civilian populations. Essentially, the study set out to discover the truth behind an age old question; do violent video game makes people inherently more violent?

Despite the hypothesis stating that “violent game play is linearly and positively related to carer assessments of aggressive behaviour,” much to the surprise of researchers, the “results did not support this prediction, nor did they support the idea that the relationship between these factors follows a nonlinear parabolic function.” Going on to directly state that “there was no evidence for a critical tipping point relating violent game engagement to aggressive behaviour.” The study itself followed the career paths and social behaviors of over 1,000 teenagers across the United Kingdom and Unites States whom openly admit to regularly playing violent video games on a regular basis. The study in its entirety, along with its abstract, is available via the resources provided below – enjoy!

Hypothesis: https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsos.171474

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